The weather is turning warmer, the birds are chirping, the bears are coming out of hibernation, and the flowers have already sprung. These signs of spring might lead you to think its time to trade in the skis for a bike but in all actuality, some of the best skiing of the season is about to go down. Spring skiing is like the cherry on top of a big bowl of ice cream. It's the unexpected powder day, it's the warmer temperatures, and it's skiing until the afternoon sun goes golden. Still don't believe us? Grab your skis, boots, goggles, and a very light sweater because its time to head to the slopes. Here is why spring skiing is the absolute best!
Trade in that balaclava for some sunscreen. Winter's icy winds have been replaced by spring's sweet sun. What's more, instead of battling to get the most out of the short hours of daylight, spring boasts a later closing time for the mountain. This means you can enjoy skiing and the sun's rays for even longer. Of course, we can't forget the warmer temperatures. Instead of skiing in -22 degrees Celsius, think a breezy 0 degrees Celsius, just perfect for a light jacket.
March is traditionally one of the snowiest months of the ski season. Historically, it averages around 250cms of new snow over the course of the month. As a result of the epic conditions and a large base, the mountain is nearly 100 percent open in spring, allowing access to 26 lifts, 240 trails and over 8,171 acres of terrain.
Spring skiing isn't just about the skiing. It's a time to take in a Fresh Tracks breakfast, watch a competition on the mountain, and listen to live music in your ski boots at a festival. Spring is also home to the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, a week long celebration of music, art, sport and of course, snow!
Hello patio season! In a ski resort, this means spring après! Reward yourself by basking in the sunshine (in a t-shirt of course!) with a pint of local craft beer on one of Whistler's many patios. Don't forget your sunglasses, the longer days and warm weather might mean you linger to watch the seasons alpenglow ascend and descend over the mountains.
With such incredible skiing, snow, and so much to do, you might find yourself staying right through until summer!